Thoughts and Tips to help pass over the puddles of life
Vision boards have been around for quite some time and come in different shapes, sizes, and themes. Sometimes they are deliberately made by someone to emphasize a particular goal or idea. Other times the boards form naturally, such as what happens with some personal cork boards, where different images and quote accumulate until there is a complete collage. I have personally experienced and attempted both types of boards and feel that they are a very useful tool in affirming goals/dreams but to also figure out what I innately want.
A vision board is a physical visualization tool that provides a tangible representation of things we wish to have in our life. In other words, our passing daydreams are given a measure of physically rooted form because we are able to focus on a direct image instead of a purely imagined idea (although those daydreams can have a positive influence as well).
According to the self-help author, Christine Kane–who claims to have worked with vision boards before they were made popular in a book/movie special called The Secret– the vision board acts as a positive reinforcement.
“The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.”
How to Make a Vision Board:
As I said earlier a board can be made of different materials. The cheapest but still equally rewarding way is to take a sheet of poster-board (in this case I used two pages of card stock), magazines, glue, and scissors. All of these items including the addition of some markers you can see in the image to the left.
1. Now that the supplies are all gathered together, the next step involves absolutely no cutting or pasting. Before craftiness begins it is important to sit quietly and get yourself into a calm and focused mindset. You don’t need to particularly focus on anything but simply to be present and if you wish quietly ask what you want in life (material and immaterial). I personally tend to make my boards without asking myself what I want because I like the feeling of letting myself go and seeing my wishes/vision form as I cut thins out from my stack of magazine.
2. Cutting out the words and images is the second step to creating your vision board. Cut or tear out everything that appeals to you while you are flipping through until you have a big collection of clippings. You probably won’t use all of these but it is great to have a lot to choose from in the next step.
3. The third step is to take all of your cutouts and start arranging them. This is the step where everything comes together into a cohesive image instead of a collection of fragmented desires.Don’t glue anything down immediately when you are doing this part. I guarantee you will want to shift things around a bit and experiment with different ways to overlap the pieces.
4. Once you are happy with the arrangement of everything you can finally take up the glue and solidify your vision. As you glue down each item focus on it and think about what it represents for you and why. Then you can even go a step further and consider what you are going to do to make that item become an active/present reality.
5. Now that it is complete the final step is to find a good place to post your vision board where you can regularly look back at it. It will work as a reminder for why you choose to do certain tasks and to align you with those desires.
Good luck with your vision board. If you do end up making one please don’t hesitate to share it with me. I would love to see what you create and hear your story behind the images.